“The resident Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus intermedius) came by our area to forage at around 10am. This is the same raptor I posted some time ago with feathers missing from a fight (still evident bilaterally) LINK.
“As it flew around (minding its own business) a House Crow (Corvus splendens) zoomed in to attack it, possibly nesting in the nearby angsana trees (Pterocarpus indicus). Witnessed an aerial battle/altercation that lasted 2-3 minutes, until the Brahminy Kite gave up and left.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
25th April 2010
Tou Jing Yi has this to say: “The length of the bill-to-tail of the crow seemed to be slightly longer than the Kite, the Kite is measured to be falling within range of 44-52 (Robson), and House Crow 40-43, so the crow should be consistently smaller than the kite. I suspect your crow could have been Large-billed. Seems that bill thickness could vary a bit according to individual and how good you are viewing it.
“Here’s a clear shot of the pale parts for a House Crow that is also mobbing the same species of kite LINK.
“We can see that the House Crow have a far smaller head compared to your photo with ratio to the head of the kite.”
“In flight, crows are very hard to be told apart from the size estimation, it is hard, the calls are better, the calls of the Large-billed are deeper than those of the House.”